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Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Posted on: December 19, 2011 1:10 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

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(Cuban is at the 11-minute mark)

David Stern has already tried to wipe the mess of the NBA owning the Hornets and trading Chris Paul clean. He's tried to blame the frenzy last week on irresponsible journalists and outraged fans. He's tried to say that everything was on the up and up.

But with the report out of Houston saying that Stern lied and the same coming from Los Angeles, it's obvious that this isn't going away. Especially since Mark Cuban piled on a bit when talking to TMZ.

“David Stern owning a team kind of threw us all under the bus. You know, we went through a long lockout, and one of the things we were trying to gain was that small-market teams could have confidence they could keep their star players. … And within two weeks of the new collective bargaining agreement, the smallest-market team, which is owned by the NBA, threw up their hands and said, ‘We can’t keep our star player.’

“So it’s not about Chris Paul. It’s more about the fact that the NBA kind of gave up on the CBA before giving it a chance, and to me, that made them hypocritical, very hypocritical, and that didn’t sit well with me.”

Cuban already said that but just not in as strong a way last week. He talked about how star players have a system where if they stay in their current market, they can make the most money. And that was part of what the labor fight was over. He called the league hypocrites for given in so easily. Dan Gilbert sent an email to Stern and it's very likely that Cuban voiced his displeasure in the original trade as well. So he's not really upset about the veto, but more with the whole mess created by the NBA owning the Hornets.
“You would think the team owned by the NBA and run by the commissioner would be the first to stick it out, and they weren’t. And to me, it’s hypocritical, and they threw a lot of us under the bus.”
Wouldn't expect anything less than strong words from Cuban. And while he's not necessarily talking about the failed three-team trade, he is talking about the way the whole thing got handled. It was a mess and remains so. The NBA needs to find a new owner quickly before more of this happens. Because Stern's got at least three perturbed owners in Houston, Los Angeles and Dallas that didn't like the way this all went down.
Comments

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:45 am
 

Cuban to Cleveland

Dear Mark Cuban:  Please buy the Cleveland Browns.  Please.  You would suck less and make a sad city happy.  Please.  Buy the Browns.



Since: Aug 5, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:33 am
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Free agency is an earned right for a worker (player).  That is negotiated and agreed to by the owners.  (If it wasn't, there would still be a lockout.)  Just like in MLB, when you are going to lose a player, you get what you can for him.  (Well, everyone except Dan Gilbert.  Then you just cry when he leaves.)  The system works.  If a team cannot survive, sell it or fold it.  Simple.  Nice that Cuban was SO angry about things that he vultured Lamar Odom for virtually nothing as fast as possible when the NBA vetoed the trade.  Plus, Cuban spends money on players.  How can he be up in arms that the teams that don't/can't spend with him are unable to "stick it out."  Just cause you're rich, Mark, doesn't mean you're smart.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: December 20, 2011 12:22 am
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

The team is from New Orleans you jackass. Know before you speak.
And, originally, they were from Charlotte.  Know before you speak.



Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

The team is from New Orleans you jackass. Know before you speak.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

I'm putting the over/under on Cuban's impending fine at $750 large.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Definitely a case of the tail wagging the dog. NBA needs to figure out how to not let another La Barbie happen. They are going to dry up the market and the fan base of the smaller market teams. Baseball can get away w/ it a little more do to there being 25 on a roster compared to the NBA 12. You have three stars that accounts for ¼ of the roster and 3/5 of the staring lineup. I understand pro players are very competitive but wanting to be in LA because of more exposure and NY because of more TV time is pathetic. Someone mentioned that they should not be treated like slaves but they actually should. If you’re making 10 million a year there are certain sacrifices that you should be exposed to. Playing in Toronto and perhaps being in a higher tax bracket should be one for example.



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

I am primarily a football fan. I like pro and college hoops but admittedly I do not follow it as close as football. I have nothing to say about the Stern/Cuban debate. I would like to say this:

Dear Fellow Members,

If you want me to read your comments, don't write a book. Learn to spell, and use correct grammar.

Thank You.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Why the hell would they post that TMZ video from start to finsih...Shit wouldnt let me skip to the cuban part i had to listen to a few mins of britney fucking no one cares spears



Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:26 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

Paul made it extremely clear that he would not resign with the Hornets. Stern stopping the original deal resulting in the Hornets netting much more, by the way of young players under contract and a potentual top pick in a deep draft next year as opposed to the Lakers/Rockets deal whihc sent marginal talent that would have to be dealt in other deals to get the Hornets some decent value.

Cuban mouthing off is more about him wanting to be heard.



Since: Dec 19, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 10:09 pm
 

Cuban: Stern owning team 'threw us under the bus'

And Cuban knows what he is talking about , half his family got in the country hiding under a Bus. Lol


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